Jobs For Ex-Cons

A workshop on how ex-convicts can find a job in this tough economy is part of a steady stream of events trying to connect North Carolina's unemployed workers to companies with jobs to fill.

The career expo Wednesday at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center is open to the public. The usual array of learning
to network and writing winning resumes will be joined by a seminar
offering job-hunting tips for ex-offenders.

The Raleigh event is part of a long list of events put on by the state's JobLink employment offices. Another job fair was held Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Two more are scheduled for Thursday in Morehead City and Winston-Salem. Others later this month are in New Bern, Kinston, Concord and Charlotte.

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  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Wayne, this was a travesty for you. I believe if a person had proven that they had changed from antisocial behavior should be given a second chance to a productive life. Furthermore, through your experience I hope you turned this MESSAge into helping others. One question for you? Did you intentionally mark no. If not, I hope you fight to change the stima of society prejudices against it's law abiding citizens who has a positive history of staying crime free. If you don't mind sharing, what was your crime? Your crime may had been a part in the decision making of your termination.
  • by Wayne Location: Morehead City on Mar 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Heres what convicted felons have to put up with. I was convicted of a felony in 1978. I have been employed in my field since then an raised 3 kids all away from home now. I had been with an employer in Morehead City for over 11 yrs. In 2007 I was a winner of the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen award for public servive. Two weeks ago I was called into the office an told I was being terminated because I falsified my application an answered NO to the question....Have you ever been convicted of a felony?.... I was 6 yrs from retirement...Im now an old man out of work with mortgage an car payments.......My life has been essentially ruined.....A 30 yrs carreer ruined over something I did in my 20s..and that I paid my debt to society by serving my time.....America never forgets!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Mar 12, 2009 at 02:53 AM
    My comment was not meant to offend anyone, just to try and help some see. Some people look at someone who has been to prison and their first thought is that they will never change. And I know that some in prison are career criminals, but not all. It is harder for someone coming out of prison to get any kind of decent job, and when they do get a job, they have to work twice as hard to prove themselves. And it can be very discouraging. I just think that if we can show these ex cons that there is life after prison, that you can come out of prison and be a productive member of society, that it would go a long way towards reducing the ones that return to prison. The mentality in most prisons is that once you have committed a crime, you are no longer a person. We need to show them that they are still people, they made a mistake, they paid for it, lets move past it.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    Not to be misunderstood. My previous comment was made due to the unemployment rate now being 9.7%. Ex-cons do need to work and take care of themselves. If they don't we have to take care of them which will cost us more. Working makes it better for everyone.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    People that have done their time in prison deserve a chance to make a living, just as those of us that have no criminal record do. If ex-cons aren't allowed to work, what do you think they're going to do? They will resort to their old ways. It is possible for criminals to be rehabilitated, and to learn a lesson while in prison. But when they get out, and people are still treating them as though they are still committing crimes, it's no wonder they return to that lifestyle. They committed a crime, and have done their time. Let them work and provide for their families!
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    Sam: Do you really think that every one who is in prison is a thief and can't be trusted around money? There are other crimes than stealing. There is DUI and other crimes that don't involve stealing. Also, SOME will actually learn their lesson during their time in prison. There are people who make mistakes and wind up in prison, and realize that that is not where they want to be, and make the changes in their life to ensure that they will never be there again. Unfortunately, our society tries to make the snap judgment not to give these people jobs because of their pasts. That is why there are programs like this to help them. It helps the ex con gain job search skills to get some kind of job to support themselves. Would you rather them be on welfare for the rest of their lives, or work to support themselves?
  • by Mother Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    If they are cuttingjobs for people who are not convicts how are you going to find job for people who are convicts?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 11, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    Just make sure they don't get a job that involves handling any money. That is the main thing.
  • by non convict Location: nc on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    How about us folks that aren't convicts? I guess you have to be a criminal to get help finding a job. What's this country coming to?????
  • by corey Location: sligh on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    i think its a great idea. being im a fan of convicts

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